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History of Technology: Pre-ancient Technology

Sample Books

Catching Fire: How Cooking Made us Human (February 25, 2010)

Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans (March 29, 2012)


From the emergence of Homo habilis and the earliest fashioned tools (some 2.5 million years ago) to the rise of organized agriculture and partial urbanization, some 7 to 8 thousand years ago. This area of research partially overlaps with historical anthropology. Some subdivisions: Paleolithic, Neolithic, Bronze, and Iron ages.

Additional information on this time period can be found in the metallurgy page under Thematic Resources.